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, welcome to "squawk on the street" i'm carl cramer is off today. some word the fiscal cliff negotiations are not getting off to a good start. moderate red arrows. european leaders failed to reach a bailout payment to greece and will try monday. road map starts on the busiest travel day of the year. there are signs it could be a big quarter for airline and travel, but traditional toys look weak. walmart may have protesters outside its doors on friday. >> deer misses earnings, and the market shrugs it off. >> turmoil in israel with a bomb explosion on board a bus today and a rumored cease-fire that never happened. crude is up $1 as the secretary of state has arrived in cairo. a big day full of planes, trains and automobiles with tens of millions of americans set to embark on their holiday weekend journeys. our phil lebeau is in chicago with more on the holiday travel landscape. how painful is it going to be? >> you know, carl f you're traveling, you always need a little more patience thanksgiving weekend. for the airlines, they're keeping their fingers crossed because if you look at a map
of the fiscal cliff. today on the senate floor, minority leader mitch mcconnell abusing president obama -- accusing president obama of being back on the campaign trail instead of working with lawmakers. have you seen anything to indicate that we are close to a resolution, or even moving in that direction? >> i haven't. it's hard to come to a resolution when one of the parties to that isn't around. the president, as you mentioned, is out on the campaign trail again. >> greta: you're referring to his trip this friday to pennsylvania. >> right. you've got to have presidential leadership to do big things. that's what we need right now. obviously republicans are here, ready to go to work, ready to solve the issue of the fiscal cliff. what the president wants to do, however, is to raise taxes on small businesses, almost a million small businesses who employee 25% of the workforce. that's his proposal. republicans cannot be for that. the president said in his press conference right after the election that his number one priority is jobs and the economy. we agree with that. but if your number o
to go to work, ready to solve the issue of the fiscal cliff. what the president wants to do, however, is to raise taxes on small businesses, almost 1 million small businesses who employ 25% of the workforce. that's his proposal. republicans cannot be for that. the president said in his press conference, right after the election, his number-1 priority will be jobs and the economy. we agree with that. but your number-1 priority is jobs and the economy you don't grow the economy to create jobs by raising taxes on small businesses, the people who create the jobs. >> white house press secretary today, jay carney said when he was asked when the next meeting would be, the answer was, it would come, quote at the appropriate time. >> well, nobody know what is that means -- >> no! that's my point. is that -- is that, you know -- look, all of have you had a vacation, i refer, to while you are campaigning the last 3 months. have you known about this fiscal cliff for a year and-a-half. now the president's going out, friday, to do, as you say, campaigning. the press secretary says there will be a
of raising taxes in the face of the fiscal cliff. >>> courageous until the end. a former mayor in mexico who fearlessly stood up to the drug cartels found murdered. >>> and face-to-face behind closed doors today, u.n. ambassador susan rice takes on one of her sharpest critics, senator john mccain, over her actions after the benghazi attack. good morning and welcome to "early start," i'm deborah feyerick in for john berman. >> really nice to have you. >> i'm so glad to be here. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. first, congress back to work, and back to bickering. in just under 35 days, america hits the fiscal cliff. that triggers severe spending cuts and tax hikes. several top republicans are now defying party politics and signaling a willingness to consider increasing tax revenues to get a budget deal done. but when the lame duck senate got back in session yesterday it sure sounded like the same old broken record. >> the senate has spoken. president obama has spoken. he's promising he will not sign any bill that mortgages our future to pay for handouts to the wealthiest 2%
of the main drivers behind recent stock moves is the uncertainty about the fiscal cliff. but buckle up, our next two guests say the action could soon get even more interesting. and later today, thousands are going to gather in manhattan's rockefeller center for the lighting of the christmas tree, making any visit to manhattan from here on out basically impossible at night. the annual spectacle has become a world famous symbol of the holidays. i went last night and it was okay. >> i went two nights ago. >> from now on -- >> i couldn't believe two nights ago, there was no traffic. >> it's over now. over. >> this year's tree came from flanders after surviving the strong winds of hurricane sandy. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investm
't want to tip them off. we need to let this go. the fiscal cliff and jobs are far more important. >> and let's talk about the fiscal cliff and jobs. in your time in california you worked on in the state assembly, a state hit hard by a fiscal y crisis. >> i sure did. >> i want to talk to you about something you said in terms of medicare reform and medicaid. obviously republicans are saying, look, in exchange for any type of taxes going up, we want to see some real entitlement reform. you talk about cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse. is there enough revenue from waste, fraud and abuse and m medicare to get the type of serious deficit reform needed to bring down the $16 trillion debt? >> well, you know, i think anytime you're talking about a deficit, there's two ways to bring it down, and i know you know this well. you're either going to raise revenue or have cuts, and i would continue to argue for a balanced approach which means i do think you can find savings in both programs. but what i'm concerned about is what the real agenda is and the real agenda, in my opinion, is to
have haven't, this is going to make you want to puke. 39 days away from a fiscal cliff it turns my stomach because i have been trying to avoid the fiscal cliff. i have a lot to do. i took it upon myself to try to save the country and broker a deal, to try to get them hopping on the trillions of dollars worth of automatic spending cuts and bush tax rates that expire the same second, at stroke of midnight january 1, 2013. with the biggest names in the business community, in the political community, we tried, again and again, to come close to the crisis that could have been avoided at 39 days out remains a chasm. hear their woes, their worries, about being on the brink. fiscal cliff? or fiscal free for all? we are staring at this abyss. no one is even touching it. >> what is amazing to me this is the most predictable financial crisis ever in the history of this country. i suspect we are thought going to anticipate a recession, you will see a recession. >> we should be very careful not to go over the cliff because we will have a negative affect on this economy and on employment. >>neil
anything to avoid it. i'm referring to the so-called fiscal cliff. you may have heard about it. it's the simultaneous convergence of tax increases and spending cuts designed to pressure lawmakers accepting other negotiated deficit reduction changes. it includes expiration of the bush era tax cuts that would effect everyone. expiration of the tax cut around for years can be called a tax increase. the nonpartisan budget office would bring in $1 trillion in ten years. on tap, 1.2 trillion in spending cuts for ten years. $100 billion in first year. half to defense programs. half to nondefense. cbo says going off the cliff would lead to a recession next year. we have fox team coverage tonight. ed henry is trying to read tea leaves on a day of mixed signals from all sides but we begin with mike emanuel on the possibility that g.o.p. lawmakers may put their oath of office above a promise to antitax increase organizer. good evening. >> good evening. the republican sources say they are offering a balanced approach of significant spending cuts and some revenue without boosting tax rates. >>
the fiscal cliff, that once again put pressure on the markets. that's when things turned down yesterday. you'll see in europe, barely budging at this point. in france, the cac is up by about a point. the ftse is down by less than five points. in germany, the dax is up by less than three points. overnight in asia, you'll see that in japan, the nikkei was up by about .8 of a percent. the shanghai composite up by about 1%. the hang seng was up by 1.4%. oil prices also up slightly, up about 72 cents. not near the higher levels that we had seen because of the concerns in the middle east. 84.7 is where wti stands. the ten-year note is yielding 1.661%. we do have those numbers coming out. the dollar sup across the board. euro is at 1.28. gold prices this morning are indicated up just barely up by about $2.60. >>> let's go across the pond. ross westgate is standing by for us in london. ross, good morning to you. >> good morning, andrew. good to see you ahead of thanksgiving. becky called it. we're pretty flat here in europe. the dow jones being outpaced a little bit more. as you say, the focus very
. >> if not, we go off the supposed cliff. >> the fiscal cliff or slope. the bump of various height. >> it's going to sell that fiscal cliff. >>> thelma and louise might need to make room in the car for the president of the united states. at the white house today, senior obama administration officials met with liberal leaders and union officials. "the washington post" reports that one told him after the meeting, quote, would the white house go off the cliff if it's between that and compromising their core principles? i was left with the impression that they would. illinois democratic senator dick durbin spoke today at the liberal center for american progress where he said this about the possibility of going off the cliff which fears of this show know is is really more of a curb than a cliff. >> some have called let's go over the cliff and watch what happens. we know if we're not careful, it will in fact stop economic growth and hurt everyone through every income category, particularly those most vulnerable. >> what he did not say is he must not go off the cliff. because the cliff is is pre
in washington to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. but are they any closer to an agreement? >>> u.n. ambassador susan rice faces three of her main republican critics today, trying to explain her comments about the attack in benghazi. will she get their support if she's nominated as secretary of state? >> then, she's queen of the racetrack. now she's taken on sonic. danica patrick is here, live, with a preview of her new racing video game. >> we have lots coming up in the next two hours. pennsylvania senator pat toomey, maryland congressman chris van hollen. utah senator mike lee. and actress lucy heal from "pretty little liars." >> "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone. our starting point today, more republicans seeming to break their no tax pledge but still bickering with democrats over the so-called fiscal cliff. and just under 35 days now america falls off that cliff. you've heard the menacing sound right there. this triggers drastic spending cuts and tax hikes. now there are some signs of compromise on capitol hill. several top republicans saying they're willing to a
over the entitlement programs should be waged after the new year once the fiscal cliff issue has been settled. >>> six minutes past the hour, new storms rolling into the northwest this morning. and that could cause dangerous flooding. alexandra steele is live in atlanta for us. what's going on? >> hey, good morning to you guys. we've got one storm that's gone and one storm that's a massive storm incoming. so let's start with this, all you guys in new york city had snow, for sure, but right now we certainly don't. this has all moved offshore. this was just the rain, but what was left behind? actually black ice there this morning. places like new jersey, six inches of snow. chester, new jersey, five. you can see sunbury, pennsylvania, three. 2 1/2 in mill brooke. the hudson valley and portions of connecticut are seeing black ice as a factor. take it slow, especially the elevated surfaces with temperatures so cold. story number one. story number two, a mammoth storm, this is the water vapor. what you need to see with this is look at this huge trough off the coast. all this moisture is po
. they are at the heart of the negotiations over the fiscal cliff. democrats want to raise them for the wealthy. republicans say no. >> now one leading republican may be breaking ranks. georgia senator saxby chambliss now says a no tax pledge signed by most republicans is standing in the way of getting a deal done. >> times have changed significantly. i care more about this country than i do about a 20-year-old pledge. i think we owe the debt and we've got figure out a way to pay it. >> specifically, chambliss was talking about grover norquist and his group americans for tax reform. they put out that no tax pledge. norquist talked about it on cnn's situation room". >> the commitment he made to the people of georgia was not to me. it was a written commitment to the people of georgia that he would go to washington to reduce government spending and reform government, not raise taxes. if he wants to change his mind and become a tax increaser, so we don't have to reform government, he needs to have that conversation with the people of georgia. >> there are 38 days left till we reach the fiscal cliff
, but other way, the republicans are in motion over the fiscal cliff. the democrats are not moving. good morning, everyone, several leading republicans say they will put more tax revenue on the table. that's a shift. warren buffett says raise tax rates on incomes over a half million dollars, that's a shift. but the president and democrats are not moving and they still say raise tax rates on the rich. on-line shopping, a very big winner and very big for retailers. 13% better than last year overall. today, on-line sales may run close to 2 billion dollars. will it last through the holidays? we've got another north african economy in absolute chaos. egypt torn by rioting after morsi takes dictatorial powers. they really need our money now. watch out, everybody, "varney & company" is about to begin. get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement peopl who are paid on sary, not commission. they'll get st
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? 35 days left till we reach the fiscal cliff. and a couple of key republicans are now suggesting that they're willing to forego their no tax pledge to try to get a budget deal done and avoid massive tax hikes, and spending cuts that will come in the new year. brand-new cnn/orc poll shows that is, in fact, affecting the american people. 68% say they believe falling off the fiscal cliff could trigger major problems for the country, maybe even a crisis. brings us to dan lothian at the white house this morning. dan, good morning. senate goes back to work this afternoon. the house will return tomorrow. what could really be done by lame duck congress? >> well, look, the hope is that there will be some kind of compromise here, because as you pointed out most americans believe that if there is no agreement there really could be a crisis here. so you are seeing some softening from republicans who took that no tax pledge back to 1986. first it was saxby chambliss. now south carolina republican senator lindsey graham. take a listen. >> when you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we sh
compromise to avoid the january fiscal cliff, showing a willingness to put spending cuts and revenues on the negotiating table. the white house warned that the uncertainty of potential tax hikes for middle-class taxpayers could hurt consumer confidence during the holiday shopping session. that could have a big effect on the economy. the washington post writes that the white house is ratcheting up pressure to avoid the fiscal cliff. on c-span tonight, we will bring you some of the house and senate debate from august of 2011, when congress passed the budget control act that triggered cuts to take effect on january 1. we will also hear from president obama, who signed the deficit reduction measure into law, part of the deal to raise the debt ceiling. first, senate majority leader harry reid and republican majority leader mitch mcconnell will talk on the senate floor about the january fiscal deadline. >> since our country voted to return president obama to the white house, i have spoken often about compromise. i remain optimistic that, when it comes to our economy, when it comes to protec
finished relatively flat yesterday following a new warning from the central bank about the fiscal cliff. speaking to the economic club of new york, fed chair ben bernanke urged lawmakers to reach a deal to avoid the automatic spending cuts and tax increases. he said going over the fiscal cliff would pose a substantial risk to the economy. according to a new study the fiscal cliff could give 90% of americans new tax bills when the bush tax rates and some by president obama would both end. the working poor would be among the hardest hit. a tax policy center analysis showed a married couple making about $30,000 a year would on average go from receiving a $15 tax credit to owing $1400. >> wow. >> yeah. that's probably a reason to try and get something done? >> maybe we will. maybe we will. >> you would think. >> yeah. or maybe we can just talk about 2016. >> we could do that as well. how are you doing, willie? >> i'm doing well. >> good. just two weeks after the longest -- >> thanks for stopping by. >> doing well. >> you know, just two weeks after the longest, most expensive and exhausting
's numbers are up, hopefully that helps moving into the negotiations about the fiscal cliff and all else. essentially the message in washington, we need to see a little bit of progress. >>> former governor jeb bush met yesterday with former staffers near the white house where he reportedly entertained questions about his political future. >> huh. >> according to "the national review," governor bush sat down with a number of veteran florida operatives along with mitt romney's campaign pollster. the article says mr. bush, quote, remained coy about making a run for the white house. instead deflecting the focus toward his efforts on educational reform. >> and the question is -- richard, the drudge report had the headline bush iii. are americans going to -- regardless of how qualified he is. are they going to be turned off by possibly electing a bush when you have history of bush for eight years, clinton for eight years, obama for eight years, another bush when there was actually, you know -- well, wait, bush, clinton, bush, obama, bush. >> that's probably due for another obama. i think bush
the fiscal cliff. >> the economic confidence of both market participants and the general public will actually be influenced by the extent to which our political system proves able to deliver a reasonable solution with a minimum of uncertainty and delay. >> peter schiff says bernanke and the fed pose a bigger threat to the u.s. economy than the fiscal cliff. >> if it wasn't for his accommodation, all the qes, we wouldn't have to go over the fiscal cliff. in fact, ultimately, because of what the fed has done, we're going to have to go over a much bigger cliff as part of the solution to solve the problems that the fed helped create by allowing the government to get so big. >> is that fair, craig? >> it certainly is fair that long-term, what we've done with monetary policy could be a challenge. it could be a very big challenge. i don't think saying that if we -- if the fed hadn't done what they'd done, you wouldn't have to go off the cliff. i think you still have to deal with the fact that government spending has been too fast over the past -- well, since the recession ended. our gdp has grown at
he speaks russian. >> steve: and talking about the fiscal cliff. the private talks are accelerating. and the president of the united states called mr. boehner and mr. reid over the weekend. it looks like the president is going to continue the push and meet with the ceo's tomorrow. they upon meet with irskin bowles. he was the co-chair of simpson-bowles commission . mr. bowles had a great plan. he is a democrat, that offered up 800 billion in new revenue and overhaul the tax system and changes to medicare and that's why the republicans are asking the democrats to come in and explain your deal. this plan was hatched in 2010 and everyone walked away from it and now they call bowles back up? it is late. this is what the american people are upset about. nothing gets done. >> steve: we are a month from the cliff. >> gretchen: we could have avoided the cliff if they used the plan as a starting point. americans are upset nothing gets done. >> brian: norquist is the bad guy. you should walk away from grover norquest. he said you have enough money on capitol hill and stop asking us . he's bee
%. >> what is the fair share? you will pay it. you tell me we will solve the fiscal cliff, we'll solve the debt problems, we'll deal with a dysfunctional government, we will resolve that, you tax me, you tell me what the number is, my wife and i will sign up. the fact of the matter most americans feel the same way but that isn't the issue. the issue is over 60% of the federal budget right now is going to entitlements. it is unsustainable. we have $4 trillion in unfunded and unfunded liabilities to public employees whether at local, the state, the county or federal level. we have a crisis here and we have, we have elected officials in both parties of the senate, of the house, and the white house acting irresponsibly and i think frankly, if it weren't so serious it would be laughable because they continue to posture. they will have their little charts out there. they will have their little pies. their little bar charts. it is really going tock comical. megyn: it is a populist argument. we the administration don't want to tax the middle class. soak the rich to pay their fair share. >> the
on your facebook page. and grover norquist, says the republican will not cave on the fiscal cliff and that the g.o.p. will not agree to higher tax rate. i disagree with that. grover coming up after the break. so, too, is the opening bell. next, is this what republicans are up against? >> we cannot afford to extend the bush tax cuts for the wealthy. what i'm not going to do is to extend bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% that we can't afford. can your hearing aid do this? lyric can. lyric can. lyric can. lyric by phonak is the world's only 24/7, 100% init's tiny.aring device. but lyric's not just about what you can't see. it's about what it can do. lyric can be worn 24/7 for up to four months, without battery changes. incredibly easy to live with, lyric can be worn showering, sleeping and exercising. in fact, you might forget it's there at all. call for a risk--free trial. and you'll see lyric can also give you exceptionally clear, natural sound in quiet and noisy environments because of how it works with your ear's own anatomy. (testimonial section) (testimonial section) (testimo
. >> the gop post election fallout continues on a couple fronts. >> the fiscal cliff is getting shorter and shorter. >> voters agreed with me on this issue. >> more than congressional republicans. >> we don't understand. >> americans didn't vote for dysfunction. >> the voters agreed with me on this issue. >> they voted for government that works. >> we don't understand why raising tax rates is the solution. >> can party leaders get a deal? >> impossible. >> all this talk about taxing the rich is nonsense. >> grover norquist. >> you speak of grover norquist. >> he's an entertaining warrior. >> pledge mentality is really on the run right now. >> speaker boehner clearly wants a deal. >> he can't have one arm tied behind his back. >> the top 1%, only 42% of the wealth. >> 48.5 million people lived below the poverty level. >> we should ask the wealthy to start paying their fair share. >> the american sense of fairness, no one should pay more than 25%. >> today's republican party has imploded. >> they are in denial. >> they are looking for someone to blame. >> grover is no longer speaking for
? >> a lot to resolve at that hearing. >>> we're counting down to the fiscal cliff. over a month to go before everyone's taxes go up. both sides set to meet with business leaders this week. the company will take his campaign on the road, too, as more republicans appear willing to bend on their no new taxes pledge. jon karl is in washington. even though the president has been calling congressional leaders, they haven't made enough progress for another face-to-face negotiation. >> reporter: there's no face-to-face meeting even scheduled now between the president and congressional leaders. but i can tell you that high-level talks with staff are intensifying, with time running out. and republicans are expressing a newfound willingness to compromise on that long-standing republican pledge never to raise taxes. >> the pledge was designed -- >> reporter: meet the anti-tax enforcer. the man behind the pledge. grover norquist. >> republicans who vote for a tax increase are rat heads in a coke bottle. they damage the brand for everyone else. >> reporter: ronald reagan was part of the first pledge. and
. with the fiscal cliff, do you think there's a way to reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff? are you willing to do comprehensive entitlement reforms in exchange for an increase tax rate? >> i think that's an excellent question. let's make one thing clear. the entitlements have little to do with the day-to-day operation of the budget. they have their own separate budgets. they're paid for in a separate manner, through payroll taxes. so anybody that wants to do that is really holding the issue hostage. the other side is good at doing that. republicans have been very good at holding us hostage. we said to them at least pass the middle chas tax cuts and let's continue those and then we'll debate the other stuff. there is no compromising these ideologues. i want compromise. people want them to come together. if you hold the other issue or the other side hostage, it's not going to get done. i'm a little less optimistic than i was last week when i hear from staff and the discussions that are going on behind the scenes. i'm less optimistic about it. but i'm in there fighting for resolution. if we kick the
to make the pill available without a prescription. we'll talk to one of america's fiscal cliff. >> the big nut is going to have to be medicare and medicaid. >> pelley: and jim axelrod with a woman on a mission to recover memories sandy washed away. >> the storm can take our houses and possession bus she left us these photos. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. at the end of the most violent day yet in the battle between israel and the hamas government in gaza, secretary of state hillary clinton arrived in jerusalem to try to broker a cease-fire. but late today things looked frosty between the secretary and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. faces were long and comments were short. she had just flown ten hours, leaving president obama behind on a tour of cambodia throughout this day there were rumors of peace but israel unleashed a ferocious bombardment of gaza from air and sea. the palestinians and gaza fired back. since this started last week, 133 palestinians have been killed in 1,500 israeli air strikes. five isr
bernanke is pushing for a compromise on the fiscal cliff. in a speech tuesday he said if president obama and congress can resolve the crisis unemployment would go down and the economy would grow. falling oil prices and an announcement that hewlett packard is taking a $9 billion write down. the dow lost just over seven points while the nasdaq was mostly unchanged. shares of home builders rallied on news that home construction jumped in october to a four year high. construction of apartment buildings was especially strong up 10%. and it looks like hostess's twinkie is cooked. the snack maker failed to reach mediation session. on monday a bankruptcy judge asked the two sides to meet. no agreement in place the judge will decide today if the maker of ho-ho, ding dongs and wonder bread can shut down their operations. hopefully other companies will swoop in and make those treats. >> it ain't over. you can't hold the twinkie down. >> i'm not sharing. >> ashley morrison here in new york. in sports this morning the lakers get a new coach and get a win. mike d'antoni made his debut as the lakers ne
level? caller: i am pretty optimistic. i hope both sides do something about the fiscal cliff. i hope they can find a place to meet in the middle. i think that should be our biggest worry. we have been talking about the national debt for years now. i sure hope they do something. what is your optimism on that? host: more important to hear what you think. what do you do? caller: i am the karaoke king. host: do you saying it or do you have a service? caller: i am a disc jockey, sing, and do impersonations. i provide karaoke for people's birthdays, weddings. check out my web sites. you can sing for free on that web site. host: what is the most popular song that people request in karaoke? caller: i think everybody likes -- a lot of people like that song by david alan cole, "you never call me by my name." host: thanks for calling in this morning. trenton, new jersey, on our independence line. caller: good morning. i am optimistic about the future of the united states. we have come through some difficult times in the past, and history has a way of repeating itself. we certai
a month left to reach a deal avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. but there are new signs that lawmakers may be willing to compromise. a growing number of republicans are slowly backing away from grover norquist's anti-tax pledge. saying they're open to letting revenues rise if democrats do their part in the budget talks. >> when you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming greece, and republicans should put revenue on the table. i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> a pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago is for that congress. for instance, if i were in congress in 1941, i would have signed the declaration of war against japan. we're not going to attack japan today. the world has changed, and the economic situation is different. >> so peter king is telling us, mike barnicle, not only is he going soft on taxes, he's going soft on japan. >> i know. >> it's not just peter king on the taxes. it's a big step, don't you think? >> it's a big step. >>
is in case washington doesn't reach a deal in the so-called fiscal cliff? >> exactly. let me start with explaining exactly what a dividend is. if you own shares the dividend is this chunk of cash paid back to you. typically, you get it every quarter. walmart, it was going to pay its next dividend january 2nd. because we don't know what's going to happen with the fiscal cliff, the expectation is that taxes are going to shoot out, walmart will pay out this dividend early so shareholders can record that payout this year when dividends top out at 15% compared to next year when the rate is expected to jump to 40% if there is no deal reached on the fiscal shift. they say it's in the best interest of its shareholders. true, it's also in the best interest of the founders, the walton company. >> walmart isn't the only company moving uch the dap the right? >> right. more than 100 companies will be issuing these special dividends in the fourth quarter. more than triple have done this in recent years. one called hot topic, the other the buckle. they're moving up their dividend payouts to this
the table to avoid that fiscal cliff, including obamacare. automatic cuts will start january 2nd if an agreement isn't reached. he said in an op-ed, we can't afford it. and we can't afford it to leave it intact. that's why i've been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation's massive debt challenge. >>> a special election following jesse jackson jr.'s resignation from congress. jackson says he needs to spend time, quote, restoring my health. jackson mysteriously disappeared from capitol hill in may and his office later revealed he was dealing with depression and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. health concerns aren't the only thing jackson is facing, though. ted rowlands is in chicago. good morning, ted. >> reporter: good morning, carol. yeah. well, the health concerns are significant. he had two stints at the mayo clinic. talking to family members, that was the main reason why he just couldn't move forward. and he gave his letter of resignation to john boehner yesterday. in that letter, though, for the first time -- thi
're all one day closer to the fiscal cliff. what, 34 days now? president obama is finding new ways to make his case for raising taxes on wealthier americans. >> republicans say, get off the campaign stump and get in the negotiating room and get this thing done. so it's getting interesting. >>> imagine getting hit with unpaid parking tickets that totaled $100,000. well, a woman, her ex-boyfriend, and the battle over a car that sat for three years accumulating the fines. wow! >> chicago strong. that's how they roll there. >>> later, the secrets you can learn about your health by looking in the moore rohr. there could even be clues hidden in your earlobes. mirror, mirror on the wall. >> is it really? >> who has the creepiest ears of them all? >> little waxy. >>> first did you hear that? no. it's either the clock ticking, the powerball ticket printing or the cash registers ringing. that's for sure. all of it as we get ready for tonight's enormous powerball lottery. >> like my foley effect there? >> very nice. >> the second largest lottery jackpot ever. it's at least half a billion, and strong
that the president has to win the battle over a fiscal cliff. he's got those on the left who doesn't think it is a cliff and he needs to get the business community to put pressure on the republicans to get a deal before christmas. the president is playing it right so far, making it about the middle class and get the rich people to pay their taxes. it's really a tough fight. if this were his only fight it would be a tough fight. >> let's turn back to rice for a moment and look at the substance of that. she acknowledged was what she did was repeat unclassified talking points that came from the intelligence communities. if she had classified information that was somehow different or would have added more to it, obviously she couldn't have said it on the sunday shows, but should she have been more direct that the information she was providing to the american people was at that point not just preliminary but incomplete? i guess the bottom line is did she mislead? >> right. i think the big question -- it is a question. we don't have the answer. was she a flack out there in politics, mouthing the
of this morning's headlines. dersressional leaders are looking at win/win scenarios to avoid the fiscal cliff. te goal is to bring in more revenue without raising tax rates, allowing both appears to say we stood our ground. high income tacks payers thaksed inco at the top rate. >>> a new arms race in cyber space. many governments are worried hat hackers could get into aeir mainframe computers, eurning to american companies ky, those that can be tricky, though. u.s. company needs a license from the state department before t can work for a foreign country. >>> usa today reports delve straighting drought is expected to last until e >>> we're looking very nice outside right now. the sun is up and looking good today. going to see a lot of sunshine throughout the entire day a few high clouds overhead. we have been seen patchy fog in the valleys. the temperatures now still chilly 39 degrees in santa rosa, 41 in san jose. 54 degrees in san francisco this afternoon, expecting lots of 60s. some places maybe sneaking into the low 70s. next couple of days going to be a beautiful weekend ahead other than some
it this morning. investors, increasingly worried about that so-called fiscal cliff, of tax increases and spending cuts, looming at year's end. today, that and president obama will meet with a group of middle-class americans, hoping to convince congress to protect tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 per year. >>> it will be another tough day of questioning for susan rice, the likely nominee to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. rice, facing critics for a second-straight day. they say she misled the public after the attacks in libya. rice said she was using the cia information available to her at that time. but after talks yesterday, republican senators, including john mccain, say they are even more troubled, now, about rice's responses. >>> and after the repeal of the don't ask/don't tell ban on gays in the military, four women are challenging the ban on women in combat. their lawsuit claims the 1994 rule keeping them out of ground combat also unfairly blocks them from promotion. it comes as officers are on aer is survey, asking if women would be a distraction in combat op
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